Patterns

Super Simple Santa, Fisherman, Soldier Ornaments

Super Simple Santa, Fisherman, Soldier Ornaments

Faces are quick and easy when you hide the eyes By Don Worley Many people are familiar with the tiny biting insect called the no-see-um. I created a series of carvings I call no-see-ums because the eyes are hidden by hats or hair. Designed to eliminate the task of carving […]

by July 26, 2011 Patterns, Projects
Roly-Poly Bear

Roly-Poly Bear

Power carve this cute critter from a basswood egg By Keith Dalton These days, eggs don’t just hatch birds. I’ve found plenty of small furry creatures hiding inside wooden eggs. With a few bits, a rotary tool, and a woodburner, you can create your own collection of egg animals. While […]

by April 26, 2011 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Scandinavian-Style Troll Queen

Carving a Scandinavian-Style Troll Queen

Classic flat-plane design is a great beginner caricature By Harley Refsal Trolls are popular subjects from Scandinavian folklore. These fanciful creatures are ideal for carving in the flat-plane folk-art style, which originated in Scandinavia. This queen is the mate of the troll I carved in Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2004 (Issue […]

by February 4, 2011 Patterns, Projects
Ribbon and Flowers Frames

Ribbon and Flowers Frames

This romantic frame makes a meaningful gift for a loved one By Mike Davies Shapes, symbols, and objects can be brought together to tell stories, and as woodcarvers we have the opportunity to capture these stories in our work. This picture frame in the shape of a heart, bound with […]

by February 1, 2011 Patterns, Projects
Shelf Sitter Elf

Shelf Sitter Elf

Fantasy caricature hangs out on any ledge By Floyd Rhadigan I love to create projects that incorporate my two passions: fantasy literature and caricature carving. This little elf shelf sitter, guaranteed to elicit a smile, blends the two together perfectly. Fantasy caricatures are a lot of fun because they allow […]

by September 2, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Building a Carving Arm

Building a Carving Arm

Shop-made holding device promotes safe carving techniques By LaVerne “Sid” Sidler I strongly encourage all woodcarvers to secure their carvings with the use of a holding device, such as a carving arm. Holding devices secure the carving allowing the woodcarver to use both hands on the tool. This technique provides […]

by June 1, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Relief Carve a Magical Fairy Door

Relief Carve a Magical Fairy Door

Quick and easy project comes alive with vivid colors By Christina White These whimsical doors are ideal for beginners or experienced carvers looking for a break from larger projects. Young children will enjoy adding the brightly painted finish and older children can carve their very own door. Carve several doors […]

by March 1, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Sailor with Flag

Sailor with Flag

A clay model is a helpful tool to use when planning a carving By Ross Oar The composition for this carving was inspired by two events more than 40 years apart. The first was my service in the Navy from 1958-1960 as a torpedo man aboard the USS McCaffery. The second […]

by February 14, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Angel and Santa

Angel and Santa

Power carving offers many benefits and retains many of the same qualities as handtooled carvings By Jack Kochan Ornaments never seem to lose their popularity, especially ones carved from wood. The angel design, which I modified, originally came from an old magazine. The Santa was a piece of commercial art in […]

by February 14, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Dogwood Floral Egg

Dogwood Floral Egg

This practice egg is an ideal first project for beginners and a beneficial exercise for experienced carvers By Jean Boyd This practice egg is the first project that I teach my beginning students. While it appears to be simple, and repetitive work is required to get the shape, you also […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects